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messenger RNA

noun, Genetics.
1.
a single-stranded molecule of RNA that is synthesized in the nucleus from a DNA template and then enters the cytoplasm, where its genetic code specifies the amino acid sequence for protein synthesis.
Abbreviation: mRNA.
Origin of messenger RNA
1960-1965
First recorded in 1960-65
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British Dictionary definitions for messenger RNA

messenger RNA

noun
1.
(biochem) a form of RNA, transcribed from a single strand of DNA, that carries genetic information required for protein synthesis from DNA to the ribosomes Sometimes shortened to mRNA See also transfer RNA, genetic code
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messenger RNA in Medicine

messenger RNA mes·sen·ger RNA (měs'ən-jər)
n.
See mRNA.

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messenger RNA in Science
messenger RNA
  (měs'ən-jər)   
See under RNA.
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